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Former ambassador to France, Keshab Raj Jha found dead

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KATHMANDU — Former Nepali ambassador to France Keshab Raj Jha has been found dead at his house in Thapathali on Monday.

Police said that Jha, 80, was found dead at his home this morning.

Jha was stabbed to death, according to DSP Mohan Thapa, spokesperson at the Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu.DSP Thapa further said that Jha has a deep cut on his head. He might have been attacked with a knife or some sharp weapon.

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Jha’s family members informed police only after they knew about the incident at around 6:30 am this morning.

Jha’s body has been taken to the Maharajgung-based Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) for post mortem.

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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